I'm finally ready to talk about one of the most important people in my life. Marcia Anne Durfee. I loved you deeply. Marcia, as few may know, actually brought me into this world with her own hands. As my mother's best friend of some 43 years, she actually knew me longer than I can physically remember. Besides from being a Dr. (after changing from her degree in engineering) you could tell she was, from the first moment you snapped eyes on her, brilliant. Marcia was the type of person you would hope humanity embodies. Strong, moral, intelligent yet incredibly loving and humble. She was that quintessential intelligence merged with just such a loving persona. God, how I already miss her. Since I was a small child, Marcia has always been the first person to take care of me. She was there for every flu, every dumb decision and every heartbreak. She never judged me. You know, as you get older in life you discover the people who really love you, unconditionally. We all have one or two of them hopefully. Yet, I have to say Marcia was different. Besides from being for me consistently, she was like some infinite source of support, as if she could sense life's bumps and bruises and be there to cushion them. It was almost like the more love you needed, the more she would give. Until recently, I thought I was special, being for all intensive purposes, one of her children, but as I listened today to the people who shared her life with her, that was just the way she was... with everybody. I can't imagine possessing that kind of gravity. The last decade has been rough. Disease dealt a cruel card to Marcia's world with her diagnosis. Although, I must say, this was when I really noticed her. With this terrible prognosis in front of her, she was all the more willful, full of life and strong as ever. It was this intense mental strength that really grabbed my attention. Never in my life have I seen such discipline of the mind... ever. I've met many people but I'm telling you few among us could boast such a resilience. Yet, I literally cry over this! How could the world lose such a person! To you this may seem cliche, but I truly mean it. She was who, as a child, we all wished to become. Loved. Brilliant. Daring. Respected. She was a great spouse, friend, mother, a healer. She set out to make the world better and actually SUCCEEDED! She lived an absolutely full life. She was my second mother, my trusted friend and my life will never be the same without her. Good bye Marcia Durfee. I honor you.
Marcia was one of the smartest people I ever knew. You could never get anything past her; she was a true wit. I loved that she readily saw patients one referred, gave wonderful advice.
It speaks to making sure you see and keep up with those who meant something to you.
All my love to Tracy and Marcia's family. There will never be another like her.
I am so very saddened to learn of Dr. Durfee's passing. Dr. Durfee was my gynecologist and surgeon for many years until her medical retirement. I remember her easy, calm nature so clearly, and always felt I was in the best possible hands even when faced with upsetting surgery decisions. I am grateful for having known her, and send my deepest sympathies to her family and friends.
My thoughts are with Marcia's family. She was a very special person. I'm so glad I got to see her again at my parents anniversary party. My love to Mellisa and Molly. Linda
Tracy, Bennet, Amy and all of your extended family: Our hearts are with you at this difficult time and in the days ahead. Know that we are thinking of you as you adjust to your loss, but with so many wonderful memories to sustain you as you travel this new road. Our love to you.
Heaven has gained a new angel-condolences to family and friends-Marcia was truly one of the good ones...
We at PATH remember a cherished colleague and dear friend. Marcia was a true advocate for women and children, and as a Community Ambassador and a table captain at our annual Breakfast for Global Health she spread the word about PATH's important work. In a letter she penned to other PATH supporters she asserted, “Most maternal deaths are preventable. This is a fact I carry with me every day—as an obstetrician/gynecologist in Seattle, it was my job to help women through pregnancy to a safe delivery. And I ask myself: why can't we do the same for women around the world?” With Marcia's dedication we at PATH work to fulfill her dream.
I am so sorry to read about her death, may the God of all comfort be with her family. Soon God will bring the dead back to life has found in the Bible.
It's hard to understand a loss the Durfee family has experiece, but know that others are thinking of you, caring about you and want comfort and peace for your family.
marsha was the most wonderful, caring & brilliant gynecologist i've ever had. she really took care of me & saved me in some ways...back in the 80s when i lived in seattle. I'm sure she will be deeply missed. so very sorry to hear, margo